Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Catherine Kealley and Ms Caroline Wright


This unit covers advanced medical radiations physics and instrumentation concepts including future forms; digital image processing and advanced image and data optimisation; instrument performance and quality assurance.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic principles of operation of CT, PET, MRI and Ultrasound equipment
  2. Describe the function of the major components of the Linear Particle Accelerator
  3. Describe the scientific concepts and clinical applications of Electron Beam Therapy
  4. Understand and explain the advanced techniques of radiation therapy including multi-leaf collimation, dynamic wedge and stereotactic radiosurgery; and
  5. Describe the principles of Image-Guided and Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy.


Written examination (three hours)(70%)
Two assignments (1500 words each)(30%)
Hurdle requirement:
All elements of assessment must be passed to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)